Monday, July 19, 2010

Immigration Roundup


Building on a history of immigration blogging, I wanted to point out this week’s New Yorker.   William Finnegan gives a nice summary of recent immigration reform.  Turns out that while we do have an immigration problem in our country, people only care when the economy’s in the crapper.  They care so much that they don’t notice there are fewer immigrants crossing the border now than pre 9/11. Either Mexicans are just getting lazy or they didn’t hear about all the free health care we’re going to give them.

It starts by smashing john McCain and then it gets better.

A few choice quotations:

  • Yet anti-immigrant backlashes don’t always track closely with actual immigration. They track with unemployment, popular anxiety, and a fear of displacement by strangers.
  • The problem of illegal immigration isn’t a matter of violent criminals storming the walls of our peaceful towns and cities.-- According to F.B.I. statistics, the four safest big cities in the United States—San Diego, Phoenix, El Paso, and Austin—are all in border states.

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